A dead body of a woman identified as Manisha Singh was discovered on December 5, 2021. She is suspected to have been murdered by one Shams who was the last person whom she met as per the victim’s minor daughter’s statement. The incident took place in Bihar’s Purnia.
Shams reportedly frequented their house after Manisha’s husband was arrested for violations under the Arms Act. In her statement, recorded under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) before the magistrate on December 15, 2021, the minor stated that Shams was the last person with whom her mother had conversed over the phone before leaving the house and she never returned after that.
The girl has also alleged that the accused would beat her mother. On the day she went missing, Manisha had spoken with the accused on the phone who asked her to come and meet him wearing simple clothes. The child said that when her mother did not return after a long time, she called her only to find Manisha’s mobile switched off.
SI Md. Ilyas who recovered the woman’s body on the afternoon of December 5, said that a wound was found on the right side of her head. It must be mentioned that a case was registered by the police only after local activists highlighted the same. As per the case registered by the Muffasil police, Shams and others are said to have murdered the woman and thrown her body in the river.
According to available information, the accused is also believed to have frequented their house uninvited and spent hours together against the wishes of the family. Last known, the girl was unaware of her mother’s death but just that she was missing. Since there is no one to look after her, she is residing with her uncle.
Local activist Vivek Kumar approached NCPCR (National Commission for Protection of Child Rights) that in turn directed the police to provide protection to the child in addition to presenting her before Child Welfare Committee so that she may be provided with the necessary care and protection.